A little bit underwhelming

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
Kodachrome Basin State Park Cannonville
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
The Kodachrome Basin

Flag of United States  , Utah
Saturday, May 12, 2012

The drive from Red Canyon, was a short, but slow one.  The turn-off to Cannonville led to a narrow, shoulderless, paved road with a speed limit of thirty miles-per-hour...and then there were the cattleguards.  This is apparently cattle country, although I saw only one cow/calf pair.  They were black and it looked like it was one of her first calves, by the size.  The country literally pales in comparison to Red Canyon.

I turned off for the State Park, hoping it would get more attractive, but no.  I stopped and got a “walk-up” site at the Visitors Center.  By walk-up is meant that they keep back a few sites that aren’t reserved.  I took a bit of a gamble, but it paid off.  I’m in a pull-through site, number twenty-one.  It’s steep enough that I had to use the blocks on the downhill wheels to get it to be tolerable.  It’s a double site, so I have more than enough space for the three of us, Shorty, Sooby and me.

I walked down the road a bit and too the Angel’s Palace trail.  It winds up a narrow wash with high walls of pale red rock.  It’s a mile and a  half hike and was interesting enough.  You can judge from the photos.  The mid-morning light just didn’t do it justice, I must admit.  Perhaps it will brighten up here by this eve.

I had lunch and then sat in the sun and read for awhile and listened to the small boys next door driving their mother mad.  She’s camping alone with two who look to be four or five years old.  It brought back memories of raising kids and getting away from town to “relax”.  Lynnie can tell the stories...

Around five, I drove back to the Visitors Center to make my evening call to check in.  No pay-phone there.  It’s been out-of-order for two years now, according to the attendant.  He figures that the Utah Phone Company lets it sit and collects the money that folks put in when the sign falls down in the wind.  Hmmm, doesn’t seem right to me, but then...

I got a few shots just before sunset, which comes quite early here in the canyon.  The colors are definitely better.  It got up to about eighty degrees today with clouds passing quickly and a short rain shower.  It’s quiet here now, even though the campground is apparently full.  I say apparently, since that’s what the sign on the road says, even though there are several “reserved” sites that are empty.  I really don’t understand the whole process, I must admit.

I’m going to read some this evening.  The book is a good one about the daughter of Henry VIII, Queen Mary.  I enjoy medieval history and this one suits me fine.  

Last night it got down to thirty degrees, but we’re at a lower altitude, so we’ll see what happens.  The ol’ Grandma quilt has saved many o’ night.  Without electricity, as I’ve been camping, the choices are few.  I’m having a grand time on this trip of a lifetime.  I’m comfortable being alone and keep just busy enough to enjoy an afternoon nap.  My cooking is pretty basic, but balanced.  I am running short of supplies, so my next stop will be at a private RV park where I can do laundry and shop.  Missin’ that dang ol’ ice cream, I reckon.

Again, thanks for stopping by.
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photodon on

Those reds of the SW deserts are beautiful.

Mike Noble on

I have to say I really like the desert areas you are going to. I will put this campground on my to do list. Are you going anywhere near Arches National Park? REally worth it. If you decide to do so, get a reservation now....ahead of time. Quinci thought it looked like the Flintstones area. Your pictures are wonderful...good lighting and hat was a nice touch. All of this makes me want to visit that area again. Keep living the dream!

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